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Unadopted with Q&A

Unadopted: A YR Media Original Documentary
Pedro Vega Jr.
YR Media

Thu., Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. on WKAR OVEE | Join the conversation as WKAR presents Unadopted, a story about the 440,000 kids in foster care in the U.S., where more than a quarter are over age 12.

Adoption rates for these older kids are abysmally low. What happens when you're “too old” to get adopted? After 20 years in foster care, Noel Anaya was never adopted. He was determined to investigate what went wrong, and finds the answers in his first documentary film.

Registration is required for this virtual event.

Following the film, join a moderated online discussion. Scheduled panelists include:

  • Ruben Martinez, Professor, MSU Department of Sociology, Panel Moderator
  • Paul Elam, Chief Strategy Officer, MPHI
  • Kayla Morgan, Business Owner at Resilient Roots Yoga, LLC. Task Force; National Child Traumatic Stress Network

RSVP HERE to join the screening and conversation around Unadopted from the comfort and safety of your home. Conversation with the panel begins at approximately 8:00 p.m.

More about the film: 
Unadopted starts with Anaya untangling his own unique story, which leads him to a wider examination that reveals the social welfare system’s silent but pervasive systemic bias against families of color, and teenagers aka “older youth.”

While most young adults look to their parents for answers about identity and upbringing, Anaya turns to court records, social workers, and most importantly, three California teens who reveal the critical decisions they’re currently making to secure a “forever family” — or not.


Presented by WKAR, The Julian Samora Research Institute, First Place for Youth, and Child and Family Charities


A New Kind of Virtual Event - OVEE
This film screening and conversation is a virtual event hosted by WKAR on the OVEE platform. OVEE stands for Online Viewing and Engagement Experience.

Created by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), OVEE combines quality HD media and livestream content with the community-building conversation of social media in a single-screen experience.

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